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La'o Hamutuk: Development Lessons from Timor-Leste


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La'o Hamutuk: Development Lessons from Timor-Leste

Post-conflict independence, petroleum dependency and the struggle for sustainability: development lessons from Timor-Leste

The NGO La'o Hamutuk invite you to come to learn more about how they use research to advocate for increased transparency and accountability, and for policies which promote human rights and equitable development in Timor-Leste.

This is a great opputunity to learn about using research for advocacy and particularly in a post-conflict development context.

Timor-Leste, a small, half-island nation surrounded by Indonesia and Australia, became independent in 2002 after 24 years of brutal Indonesian occupation (1975-1999), and two years of UN transitional administration (1999-2002). Since independence, it has received around $20 billion from exporting oil and gas; however, most people have not benefited from the money spent so far, and up to 50% of people still rely on subsistence agriculture and fishing. Meanwhile, the country's last-remaining oil field is almost depleted, mega-projects and pay-outs to special interest groups dominate the state’s priorities, and education, health, water systems and rural economic development are neglected.

La’o Hamutuk, the Timor-Leste Institute for Development Monitoring and Analysis, is an independent, local NGO which researches and advocates on development processes in Timor-Leste. The organisation was established in 2000 by Timorese and international solidarity activists, and is the leading source of reliable, independent analysis on Timor-Leste’s economy, as well as human rights, governance, social justice and environmental issues.

We are also currently recruiting for international staff, so you will hear how you can apply to join us in our mission. We hope to recruit people with a strong commitment to social, economic and environmental justice, and with experience and interest in advocacy and research on the broad range of topics we cover.

To learn more about La'o Hamutuk's work, go to the website http://www.laohamutuk.org/ and blog http://laohamutuk.blogspot.com/.

If you are interested in applying to work with us but are unable to attend the event, please contact niall ! almond | outlook ! com or go to http://www.laohamutuk.org/misc/LHJobAnnouncement.html.

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